What’s happening: week of Jan. 24

What’s happening events must be open to the public, of general interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event. Please include ticket prices, if any, and a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to info@thesarniajournal.ca

 

Thursday, Jan. 24

 

Pre-Budget Rally

The Ontario Health Coalition holding a rally outside an Ontario pre-budget finance committee hearing at the Holiday Inn in Point Edward, in anticipation of government cuts to health care and programs. 12 noon, 1498 Venetian Blvd. For more, call 416-441-2502

 

Friday, Jan. 25

 

Weight Loss Support

West Lambton Community Health Centre holds “Waist Away Support Group” with a registered dietitian and group of peers. 429 Exmouth St., 10:30 a.m. Monthly, every fourth Friday. To register for this free program, 519-344-3017, ext. 259

 

Saturday, Jan. 26

 

Twenties Gala

Noelle’s Gift holds a Roarin’ Twenties Gala at the Dante Club, 1330 London Rd., doors open at 5:30 p.m. Riverboat Casino open from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Includes silent auction, live auction, hors d’oeuvres, and more. $125 per ticket. To register, visit www.noellesgift.ca/events or Noelle’s Gift on Facebook

 

Donor Clinics

Canadian Blood Services hosting a blood donor clinic at Temple Baptist Church, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. For more, call Stephanie at 519-331-0764

 

Hike

The Lambton Outdoor Club is hiking at the Lambton County Heritage Forest. For more, visit www.lambtonoutdoorclub.org

 

Card Making

A card making class offered at the Point Edward Library, 220 Michigan Ave. 11 a.m. Cost is $10, which includes supplies for two cards. Must register by calling 519-336-3291

 

Music & Meat Draw

All welcome to an open jam session and meat draw at the Corunna Legion, 350 Albert St. Vocal warm-up at 3 p.m., meat draw at 4 p.m. Food available. Wheelchair accessible. For more, call 519-862-1240

 

Sunday, Jan. 27

 

Ham Dinner

A ‘Lunches for Learning’ fundraising dinner at Grace United Church, 990 Cathcart Blvd., 5 p.m. Includes spiral ham, scalloped potatoes, homemade desserts, and more. Tickets available at church office, $16 adults ($17 at door), $8 ages 13-16, free 12 and under. For more, contact Pauline at 519-339-9763 or kferguson25@cogeco.ca

 

Italian Heritage

Michael Iannozzi and Caroline Di Cocco to present a first look at the digital archiving of Sarnia’s Italian community. 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 1465 Lecaron Ave. All welcome. Light refreshments served. For more, contact Michael at 519-868-0509 or miannozz@uwo.ca

 

Family Literacy Day

Organization for Literacy in Lambton holding a Family Literacy Day event at Coles in the Lambton Mall, 1380 London Rd., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Bricks 4 Kids offering hands-on learning for families, colouring, math games and reading activities. For more, contact 519-332-4876 or oll3@bellnet.ca

 

Monday, Jan. 28

 

Teen Cuisine

Rapids Family Health Team offering a free cooking class for teens ages 13+. 460 Christina St. N. (use back entrance), 4 p.m. Must pre-register by calling 519-339-8949

 

Chili Dinner

Girl Guides hosting a chili dinner at Dunlop United Church, 757 Rosedale Ave., 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., to raise funds for girls attending the provincial LEAP camp. Includes variety of chili, rolls, drinks and dessert. Tickets at door, $10 adults, $5 for children 5 to 12. For more, call 519-312-4256

 

Tuesday, Jan. 29

 

Cooking Class

A free hands-on cooking class offered by Twin Bridges NPLC. Explore the convenience and versatility of soup in time for National Soup Day. 153 Christina St. S. (use Front St. entrance), 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Register at www.tbnplc.com

 

Wednesday, Jan. 30

 

MS Pizzafest

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada holds its 24th annual MS Pizzafest, a family event with live music by CD/DC and cash bar. Sarnia Legion, 286 Front St. N., 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets $10 for 4 slices. Take-out available. For tickets, contact info.southwest@mssociety.ca or 519-680-7878

 

Facts and Chat

Strangway Centre hosts a Habitat for Humanity presentation on “Accessing Home Repairs.” 260 East St. N., 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Free. Pre-register by calling 519-332-0656

 

Wednesday, Jan. 30

 

Girls Like That

Theatre Sarnia presents Girls Like That, a new play that explores the evolution of feminist consciousness and modern female friendships. Imperial Theatre, 7:30 p.m. nightly till Feb. 2. Tickets, $25 adults, $22 seniors, $12.50 youth, available by calling 519-344-7469

 

Friday, Feb. 1

 

Live Music

Strum n Drum performs live acoustic stylings at Cheeky Monkey during First Friday, 130 Christina St. N., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also art show and sale by Bill Walters. For more, call 519-332-0978

 

Women’s Wellness

A four-week series to create a supportive group environment that explores health and wellness. Topics include self and body image, setting healthy boundaries in relationships, and more. 153 Christina St. S., 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register at www.tbnplc.com

 

Photo Exhibition

Rayjon, its volunteers and how they contribute to global change are included in this year’s Transformations Photojournalism Exhibit at the Lawrence House. 127 Christina St. S., 7 p.m., as part of First Friday. Runs till Feb. 23. For more contact Dianne @ 519 862 1963 or the Rayjon website @ www.rayjon.org

 

Seniors’ Coffee

West Lambton Community Health Centre hosts a seniors’ coffee and board games day each First Friday of the month. 429 Exmouth St., 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Free. No registration required. For more, call 519-344-3017

 

Saturday, Feb. 2

 

Trivia

A trivia night in support of the CNIB and the visually impaired will be held at the Sarnia Legion Hall, 286 Front St. N. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. $30 a person, with tables of eight available. Tax receipt included. For more, call Turner Moore CPAs at 519-344-1271

 

Hike

The Lambton Outdoor Club is hiking at Pinery Provincial Park. For more, visit www.lambtonoutdoorclub.org

 

Concert

Sisters of Soul perform Motown and more at Camlachie United Church, 6784 Camlachie Rd., 7 p.m. $15 adults, $8 students, free under 12. Light refreshments after show. Accessible and fragrance-free building. For tickets, call the church office 519-899-4720 or Shirley 519-491-2517. For more, visit www.camlachieunited.ca

 

MADD Auction

MADD Sarnia/Lambton presents the “MADD About You” live auction of “Date Night” packages. Lambton Mall, 1380 London Rd., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free pre-registration suggested, but registration also prior to event in the food court. For more, visit www.maddsarnialambton or the Madd Sarnia/Lambton Facebook page.

 

Sunday, Feb. 3

 

Luna New Year

The Vietnamese Canadian Club celebrates its 4th annual Luna New Year (Year of the Pig) at the Sardo Hall, 770 Maxwell St. Authenic foods, music, dancing, cash bar and traditional fashion show. For more, contact Helen at 519-332-8089 or Chanailspa@hotmail.com

 

Monday, Feb. 4

 

Travel Group

First meeting of a new travel discussion group in which experienced or hopeful travellers can share information in an informal setting. Coffee Lodge, 400 Exmouth St., 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Meets first Monday of the month. For more, call 519-491-8163

 

Chair Yoga

Free yoga program suitable for most abilities offered by Twin Bridges NPLC. Mondays until Feb. 25, at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Wednesdays until Feb. 27 at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 153 Christina St. S. (Front St. entrance). Register at www.tbnplc.com

 

Gentle Yoga

Free introductory-level yoga program for adults suitable for most abilities, offered by Twin Bridges NPLC. Bring your own mat. 153 Christina St. S. (Front St. entrance), 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays until Feb. 25. Register at www.tbnplc.com

 

Meditation

Help boost self-esteem, improve concentration, lower blood pressure, reduce stress and achieve emotional balance. West Lambton Community Health Centre, 429 Exmouth St., Mondays at 10:30 a.m., or Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Register at first class. For more, call 519-344-3017

 

Tuesday, Feb. 5

 

Women’s Fitness

Free bootcamp-style fitness class that includes cardiovascular, strength and flexibility exercises. Suitable for most levels. Consult Primary Care Provider before participating. Offered by Twin Bridges NPLC. 153 Christina St. S. (Front Street entrance), 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays until Feb. 26. Register at www.tbnplc.com

 

Yoga

Free yoga program for adults suitable for most levels, offered by Twin Bridges NPLC. Bring your own mat. 153 Christina St. S. (Front St. entrance), 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays until Feb. 26. Register at www.tbnplc.com

 

Travel

Photographer Kieron Nelson present the multi-media show, Stairway to Heaven, documenting his travels to Laos and northern Vietnam, at meeting of Sarnia Photographic Club. 6:30 p.m., admission free, Sarnia Library Auditorium. For more, visit www.vanishingculturesphotography.com

 

Wednesday, Feb. 6

 

Donor Clinic

Canadian Blood Services hosting a blood donor clinic at the Dante Club, 1330 London Rd., 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Also Feb. 12 at the Dante Club, same time, and Feb. 23 at Temple Baptist Church, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. For more, call Stephanie at 519-331-0764

 

Conquering Anxiety

A four-week program facilitated by a Registered Social Worker to help shift anxiety by changing thoughts, behaviours and perspectives. 153 Christina St. S., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Register at www.tbnplc.com

 

Book Launch

Local author James R. Wallen will launch his new book Gridiron Underground, about black U.S. football players coming to Canada to play. At The Story, 179 Christina St. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a brief reading at 8 p.m. For more, contact The Book Keeper at 519-337-3171 or www.sarniabookkeeper.com

 

Thursday, Feb. 7

 

Meditation

A free four-week session to teach the basics of various meditation practices and provide practical ways to increase mindfulness in everyday living. Offered by Twin Bridges NPLC. 153 Christina St. S., 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Register at www.tbnplc.com

 

Chordsmen Valentines

The Sarnia Bluewater Chordsmen are offering singing valentines. Includes 3 love songs, a rose and a card with a personalized message from the sender. $40 in the city, $60 for a county delivery or group valentine. All proceeds to charity. For more, call David at 226-404-3060

 

Shibashi

West Lambton Community Health Centre offering free Shibashi classes. All Saints Anglican Church, 248 Vidal St. N., 11 a.m. Feb. 7 to March 28. Register at first session. For more, call 519-344-3017

 

Knitting Group

West Lambton Community Health Centre holding “Knit & Natter Knitting Group” to knit hats and mittens for those in need. Accepting donations of completed hats and mittens. 429 Exmouth St., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. No registration required. For more, call 519-344-3017

 

Diabetes Cooking Class

West Lambton Community Health Centre holding free “Healthy You Diabetes Education & Cooking Class” led by a registered dietitian. Topic is vegetarian. 429 Exmouth St., 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. All skill levels welcome. To register, call 519-344-3017, ext. 259

 

Friday, Feb. 8

 

Live Music Cafe

Sarah Rankin will perform and Sisters of Soul host the Live Music Cafe. Foursquare Church, 207 Talfourd St., 7:30 p.m. Donations welcomed. For more, contact Fran at 1voice2sing@outlook.com

 

Souper Lunch

Prepare two nutritious soups at West Lambton Community Health Centre’s “Souper Lunch Friday.” Bring containers to take soup home. St. Luke’s United Church, 350 Indian Rd. S., 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monthly, every second Friday. Free. No registration required. Free. For more, call 519-344-3017

 

Saturday, Feb. 9

 

Charity Bootcamp

LD Fitness is hosting a charity bootcamp in support of Life’s Lessons Care and Support. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. 1730 London Line. Cost, $15 for 30 minute class. To register, call 519-337-0100.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 12

 

Sheila Hewett will discuss using censuses and wills to reconstitute families at a meeting of the Lambton County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Free, all welcome. 7:30 p.m. LDS Church, 1400 Murphy Road. For more, contact Janet at 519-383-0468 or jdlk@bell.net

 

Improving Communication

A session facilitated by a Registered Social Worker to learn constructive ways to communicate your needs, desires and perspectives within a relationship. 153 Christina St. S., 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Register at www.tbnplc.com

 

Wednesday, Feb. 13

 

Photography Show

Featuring three local photographers, E. Buchner, B. McCarthy, and C. Roenspiess. St. Luke’s United Church, 350 Indian Rd. S., 7 p.m. Admission by donation, proceeds to YMCA Breakfast and After-school programs. Refreshments provided. For more, call 519-344-1781

 

Green Drinks

An informal gathering featuring John Degroot leading a discussion on how to defend trees against Oak Wilt. Free. 100 Christina St. N., open 6:30 p.m., discussion at 7 p.m. For more, contact greendrinkssarnia@outlook.com

 

Saturday, Feb. 16

 

Hike

The Lambton Outdoor Club is hiking at Bickford Woods. For more, visit www.lambtonoutdoorclub.org

 

Friday, Feb. 22

 

Weight Loss Support

West Lambton Community Health Centre hosts a “Waist Away Support Group” with a registered dietitian and group of peers. 429 Exmouth St., 10:30 a.m. Monthly, every fourth Friday. Free. To register, call 519-344-3017, ext. 259

 

Saturday, Feb. 23

 

Hike

The Lambton Outdoor Club hiking at the Lorne Henderson Conservation Area. For more, visit www.lambtonoutdoorclub.org

 

Tuesday, Feb. 26

 

Cooking Class

An interactive cooking program facilitated by a Registered Dietitian with strategies to reduce salt intake without compromising flavour. 153 Christina St. S. (Front Street entrance), 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Register at www.tbnplc.com

 

Friday, March 1

 

World Prayer Day

World Day of Prayer service, written by the women of Slovenia, offered at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Mooretown, at 1:30 p.m. For more, call 226-468-3338

 

Wednesday, March 6

 

Donor Clinics

Canadian Blood Services hosting a blood donor clinic at the Dante Club, 1330 London Rd., 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Also March 12 at the Dante Club, same time, and March 23 at Temple Baptist Church, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. For more, call Stephanie at 519-331-0764

 

Tuesday, March 12

 

The history of train transportation will be discussed at a meeting of the Lambton County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Free, all welcome. 7:30 p.m. LDS Church, 1400 Murphy Road. For more, contact Janet at 519-383-0468 or jdlk@bell.net

 

Saturday, March 16

 

Hike

The Lambton Outdoor Club hiking at the A. W. Campbell Conservation Area. For more information, visit www.lambtonoutdoorclub.org

 

Tuesday, April 9

 

How Penny McDonald & Beth Atchinson found their sister the topic at a meeting of the Lambton County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. Free, all welcome. 7:30 p.m. LDS Church, 1400 Murphy Road. For more, contact Janet at 519-383-0468 or jdlk@bell.net

 

Sunday, April 28

 

MS Walk

MS Society holds its annual Sarnia Mandarin MS Walk at Point Edward Community Hall, 210 Monk St., check-in at 8 a.m., walk at 10 a.m. Register at www.mssociety.ca/get-involved/special-events and contact Sarah at 1-888-510-7777, ext. 3306 or sarah.mooney@mssociety.ca for more